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August 1, 2008 4:58 PM

Blackman won't enroll until January

Posted by Bob Condotta

Official confirmation came today of what we reported here a couple of times recently was likely to happen --- incoming QB recruit Dominique Blackman will not be able to enroll until January.

Blackman said today he was denied admission to UW after he had tried to retake two classes on-line to raise his GPA high enough to combine with his test score to make him eligible.

Blackman said he was told that since he wasn't able to finish those classes in time to enroll and complete UW's summer bridge program that he would not be allowed to enroll until January.

"It's good and bad,'' he said. "The bad is I'm not able to come up there now and compete. The good is that my clock doesn't start until January so that gives me a chance to get an extra spring ball under my belt. That could really help me out in the future.''

Blackman's situation is essentially the same as that of receivers Anthony Boyles and Devin Aguilar a year ago. Both were denied admission in the fall but enrolled in January and participated in spring ball, and now enter the 2008 season with five years to play four.

While Blackman said he hoped to compete for playing time this season, reality is he was almost certain to redshirt unless injuries hit the position as UW has Jake Locker entrenched as the starter and redshirt freshman Ronnie Fouch, who has gone through two spring balls, as the backup.

UW also has Luther Leonard of Evergreen High coming in this fall to add depth.

Blackman is one of three members of the Class of 2008 who may have to delay their enrollment, and won't be available when practice begins Monday. Also still attempting to complete academic requirements are RB Demitrius Bronson and DT Craig Noble. Neither is expected to be present when practices begin and both may have to delay enrollment until January, something UW coach Tyrone Willingham told the Times last week at Pac-10 media day.

Blackman said he hopes to come to Seattle this fall so he can be close to the program, possibly living with linebacker Kurt Mangum. If not, he said he will stay home and get a job.

"I tried to hustle to finish my classes,'' he said. "But things didn't go as planned. But I guarantee you when I get up there that I'll make some plays.''

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